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Wooden Illusions: Incredibly Lifelike Objects Carved from Wood by Tom Eckert

May 28, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Arizona-based artist Tom Eckert creates incredibly lifelike sculptures out of little more than wood, paint and patience. Working primarily with basswood, linden and limewood that is then coated with fine layers of lacquer paint, the artist can create realistic wrinkles in fabric or reflections that are almost impossible to discern from the real thing. Eckert says of his work:

Forms carved to suggest cloth recur in many of my pieces. By tradition, cloth has been widely used to conceal and shroud objects in practices ranging from advertising to church rituals. Covered forms are often more evocative – with a sense of mystery absent from the uncovered object by itself. I remember in church one Lent, as a child, being mystified while gazing at the statues shrouded with purple cloth.

You can watch the video above to learn more about his technique or explore his online galleries to see much more. If you liked this, also check out the work of Randall Rosenthal. (via twisted sifter)

 

 



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New Hyperrealistic Sculptures by Ron Mueck

May 22, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Ron Mueck’s Studio, January 2013. Photo by Gautier Deblonde.

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Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

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Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

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Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

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Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

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Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

Hyperrealist sculptor Ron Mueck works in the realm of the ultra-real where he spends hundreds of hours perfecting the shape of the human form, the appropriate color of skin, and the most realistic hair texture. All of his efforts culminate in incredibly lifelike figurative sculptures with one small (or large) exception: the artworks are often gigantic or miniaturized, resulting in an uncomfortable “does not compute” moment when trying to comprehend exactly what you’re looking at. Each sculpted person is as bizarre as it is amazing, in part because of the raw intimacy portrayed in their faces, as if we are somehow witnessing the documentation of a private moment.

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Ron Mueck’s Studio, January 2013. Photo by Gautier Deblonde.

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Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

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Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

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Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

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Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

Like several other hyperrealist sculptors Mueck began his sculpting career in entertainment where he started work as a puppeteer, creating models and puppets for children’s movies and TV shows. Most notably he worked on Jim Henson’s film Labyrinth and even provided the voice for the character Ludo. In 1996 he made the switch to fine art and quickly rose to prominence with exhibitions at the Royal Academy and the National Gallery in London.

Last month Mueck unveiled three new works at the Fondation Cartier in Paris as part of an exhibition that runs through September 29th, including the extraordinary Couple Under an Umbrella shown above. You can watch the video to get a little more perspective on just how large this artwork really is. All images above courtesy Fondation Cartier. (via my amp goes to 11)

 

 



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Hyper-realistic Painting by Omar Ortiz

May 27, 2012

Christopher Jobson

A beautiful hyper-realistic painting by artist Omar Ortiz (nsfw). Such an incredible use of paint to create depth of focus and the reflection of light on skin. (via cosas cool)